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. >> and -- >> this is supposed to be a government run by the people and if voices don't matter because we're not wealthy, that's really unacceptable and it's dangerous. >>> welcome. i'm glad we could get together again. and i look forward to your company from week to weeto-- here and online at billmoyers.com. it's good to be back. we begin with the qstion that haunts our time -- why in a nation as rich as america, has the economy stopped working for people at-large even as those at the top enjoy massive rewards? the struggle of ordinary people for a decent living, for security, is as old as the republic, but it's taken on a new and urgent edge. instead of shared prosperity, our political system has now produced a winner-take-all economy. >> how ch is enough, gordon. >> hollywood saw it coming.ho >> the richest 1% of this country owns half of our country's wealth -- $5 trillion. one-third of that comes from hard work, two-thirds cmes frome inheritance. interest interest accumulating to widows' idiot sons. andre what i do -- stock the re estate speculation. it's [ bleep ] >> you got 90% of the american people
're going to elect a candidate who is going to govern by asking us to make choices that we haven't anticipated. and as a result, we're going to feel betrayed to some extent, even if we voted for that ndidate. >> the debates were the most watched in a long time. your field intersects politics and entertainment. do you think entertainment e.values had something to do wi this? >> well, i think sus ense was what was required down to the wire. s and that's what we got. one won one, another won another. then a coue of draws. what could be better for keepie people watching? unfortunately, the lack of an e answer to who sacrifices what is only the beginning of an endless list that, for me, is reason , to be disappointed, not just in the debates, but in the entire campaign. i want to find out about things that are important, about plutocracy taking over democracy, the widening gulf between the powerful and the powerless. wall street, global warming, on and on. at most, ty made a cameo t, appearance during the debate. and i think they were trivialized by the context. and usually, entirely
is that, had there be debates in the e goldwater/johnson election, had there been debates in the mcgovern/xon election, i think we would not have had the blowout landslides that we had. what debates do is take the ec caricaturing of the challenger and give the challenger a chance to stand there and be o the challenger would like to be in front of that audience. i think for governor romney the benefit was he knocked down some of the caricature that had been built of him. and i think he reassured people, even who may vote against him, that he is not as extremtrd reckless as some of the obama advertising and statements would make him out to be. >> see, i would say that he did d not knock down the caricature. he deepened the caricature because his problem is that he will say and do anything, and there is zero accountability for it. so going into this debate, he had to prove that he was not the person that he was in the republican primaries. but simply by saying different things, doesn't make him genuinely be anything else different. he's simply recalibrating what he thinks hneeds to pander to
that means ou can't draw an inference about what the person is going to do when the person's going to govern? one of the questions that the electorate has the opportunity to ask in debates is precisely u that question because you have two different factors holding the candidate accountable. you have the questioning moderator and you have the other candidate. and in the head to head comparisons, if a candidate is vulnerable to the charge, if the candidate has changed positions a lot on consequential matters, you're going to have questions about it and you're going to have the opposing candidate make the argument. and then electorate then has to ask, "what do i make of this? who do i think the person is? what do i think the person is actually goi to do?" but they have more evidence than gey would have in the absence of debates, and that's the value of debat . >> but look at thbaway it plays out. romney y t say, "yes, i do have a deficit plan. go look on my website. it's there. it's true." which puts the burden on the audience. i wish they would go to your website because they won't find out t
by essentially saying he would govern as president obama governs." that's what he, in effect, he said this past last debate. what about that?wn >> why would anyone believ that? yes, he said that d yes he did heit to convey the impression tt the old mitt romney from the primaries was just something he had to do to appease his tea party base.it why should you now believe that, if he gets elected, he will not be a prisoner of the eric cantors and, and the john boehners? and the right -- extreme right wing of his party that will force him to do stuff as president th he now says he's not going to do because he's in a general election campaign? aw erson who doesn't have a core, it strikes me, is er susceptible to the same kind of pressure once in office, as when he was running to appeal to his base in the first place. >> but there is an underlying tendency here that's recognizable. barack obama opposed a mandate in order to distinguish himself from hillary clinton. he has a mandate in his affordable care act. there's always some movement toward the center in governance, as well as a move toward the c
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